Mumbai Return to Winning Ways with Super Over Win Over Gujarat

A super over or a one-over eliminator in cricket isn’t as much of a lottery as a penalty shootout often is in the sports it’s being used. Bowlers and batsmen need the necessary skillset to be nominated for the super over and then deliver the goods. From which viewpoint, Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions had many players in their playing XIs who they nominated for what was the first over of IPL 2017, in the 35th match of the season.

The bowler who the visitors nominated, Jasprit Bumrah, with his temperament, ability to find the blockhole and supreme control over his craft, most importantly, won the super over and the match for Mumbai, after 40 overs of some naive and suicidal cricket from both the sides.

Gujarat Lions, having chosen to bat first, posted only 153/9, with young Ishan Kishan top-scoring for the hosts with 48. Gujarat’s top and middle order, comprising Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, and Dinesh Karthik, fell cheaply and the complete lack of scores resulted in the hosts being reduced to 56/4.

Kishan, though, played a gem of an innings which was filled with eye-catching strokes all round the dial. The Jharkhand youngster was a treat to watch with the bat while he was in the middle.

Returning to the side after missing the match against Rising Pune Supergiant, Krunal Pandya made an instant impact with the ball, by taking three wickets and conceding just 14 runs. He was well complemented by Harbhajan Singh.

Chasing a paltry 154 for victory, Mumbai got off to an emphatic start, with Parthiv Patel playing the lead role in the partnership involving Jos Buttler. The diminutive left-hander timed the ball brilliantly, moved back and forth well to pick the gaps on the field and he played a substantial innings as well.

But Parthiv’s innings of 70 from 44 balls in a small chase was not enough to see Mumbai home, despite their having been 3/104 at the 13-over mark and in a comfortable position. Ankit Soni bowled a great spell of leg spin, strangulating the Mumbai batsmen with his flatter trajectory and by clever variations in pace. But the greater impact was made by Gujarat’s ground fielding, with their ability to hit the stumps directly accounting for four Mumbai batsmen.

With the visitors needing 11 runs from the final over, Ravindra Jadeja hit the stumps twice directly from point to actually help Gujarat to the match to a super over.

Having batted second in the match, Mumbai were the team to bat first in the super over. The regular opener Buttler opened with Kieron Pollard, with Rohit Sharma the last of three batsmen allowed. Mumbai managed only 11 runs, 10 of which came from Pollard’s blade (1×4 and 1×6), and were, in fact, bowled out with a ball to spare.

Gujarat needed 12 runs for a much-needed victory and Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch were two of their three nominated batsmen. Bumrah was the bowler for Mumbai.

12 runs in one over is by no means a difficult target and Gujarat will have been the happier side at the start of the second innings of the super over. But Bumrah was outstanding with the ball: he bowled a perfect over in terms of not allowing the batsmen any room whatsoever to free their arms and none of his six balls can be deemed loose.

Bumrah began the over with a no-ball but then the free hit delivery only went for 1 leg bye; the second ball was a wide to McCullum and the hosts required only 10 runs off five balls; the second legitimate delivery of the over, a well-disguised slower ball, was a dot; the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth balls went for only three runs. Bumrah had won an enthralling Twenty20 match with his great bowling skillset comprising yorkers, slower deliveries and a heavy ball.

Krunal Pandya was awarded the man-of-the-match for his bowling spell of 4-16 dots-14-3 and a crucial knock of 29 (20) with the bat, including a six off the first ball of the 20th over of the Mumbai innings.




Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians, 35th Match Scorecard

Playing XIs

Gujarat: 1. Suresh Raina (c), 2. Brendon McCullum, 3. Aaron Finch, 4. Dinesh Karthik (wk), 5. Ishan Kishan, 6. Ravindra Jadeja, 7. Andrew Tye, 8. James Faulkner, 9. Irfan Pathan, 10. Basil Thampi, and 11. Ankit Soni

Mumbai: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel (wk), 3. Jos Buttler, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Mitchell McClenaghan, 10. Lasith Malinga, and 11. Jasprit Bumrah

Scores

Gujarat: 153/9 (Kishan 48 and Jadeja 28; K Pandya 3/14)
Mumbai: 153/10 (Patel 70; Thampi 3/29 and Faulkner 2/34)

Gujarat Lions (GL) Innings (toss: Gujarat, who chose to bat first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Ishan Kishan caught Pollard, bowled Harbhajan 48 (35) 6 2 137.14
Brendon McCullum bowled Malinga 6 (4) 1 0 150.00
Suresh Raina caught Pollard, bowled Bumrah 1 (3) 0 0 33.33
Aaron Finch bowled Malinga 0 (3) 0 0 0.00
Dinesh Karthik stumped Patel, bowled Krunal 2 (8) 0 0 25.00
Ravindra Jadeja caught and bowled Krunal 28 (21) 2 1 133.33
James Faulkner bowled Bumrah 21 (27) 2 0 77.77
Irfan Pathan caught Hardik, bowled Krunal 2 (3) 0 0 66.66
Andrew Tye run out Bumrah 25 (12) 2 2 208.33
Basil Thampi not out 2 (4) 0 0 50.00
Ankit Soni not out 7 (2) 0 1 350.00
Extras: 11 (3 no-balls, 7 wides and 1 leg bye)
GL’s total: 153/9 in 20 overs, at 7.65 runs per over
GL’s fall of wickets: 21/1 (McCullum, 1.6), 46/2 (Raina, 4.2), 48/3 (Finch, 5.5), 56/4 (Karthik, 8.1), 83/5 (Kishan, 11.1), 95/6 (Jadeja, 13.5), 101/7 (I Pathan, 15.4), 144/8 (Tye, 18.5), and 144/9 (Faulkner, 18.6)
Mumbai Indians’s (MI) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Mitchell McClenaghan 4 7 50 0 12.50
Lasith Malinga 4 10 33 2 8.25
Harbhajan Singh 4 11 23 1 5.75
Jasprit Bumrah 4 10 32 2 8.00
Krunal Pandya 4 16 14 3 3.50
Mumbai Innings (target: 154 runs in 20 overs, at 7.70 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Parthiv Patel caught Karthik, bowled Faulkner 70 (44) 9 1 159.09
Jos Buttler run out Faulkner 9 (7) 2 0 128.57
Nitish Rana leg before wicket Soni 19 (16) 1 1 118.75
Rohit Sharma caught Karthik, bowled Faulkner 5 (13) 0 0 38.46
Kieron Pollard caught McCullum, bowled Thampi 15 (11) 2 0 136.36
Krunal Pandya run out Jadeja 29 (20) 2 1 145.00
Hardik Pandya caught Kishan, bowled Thampi 4 (5) 0 0 80.00
Harbhajan Singh leg before wicket Thampi 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Mitchell McClenaghan run out I Pathan 1 (1) 0 0 100.00
Jasprit Bumrah run out Jadeja 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Lasith Malinga not out 0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Extras: 10 (2 no-balls, 7 wides and 1 leg bye)
MI’s total: 153/10 in 20 overs, at 7.65 runs per over
MI’s fall of wickets: 43/1 (Buttler, 3.6), 82/2 (Rana, 9.4), 104/3 (Rohit, 13.1), 109/4 (Patel, 13.5), 127/5 (Pollard, 16.2), 139/6 (H Pandya, 18.1), 142/7 (Harbhajan, 18.5), 143/8 (McClenaghan, 18.6), 150/9 (Bumrah, 19.3), and 153/10 (K Pandya, 19.6),
Gujarat Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Basil Thampi 4 8 29 3 7.25
James Faulkner 4 7 34 2 8.50
Irfan Pathan 2 4 26 0 13.00
Ankit Soni 4 13 16 1 4.00
Suresh Raina 4 6 28 0 7.00
Andrew Tye 1 2 9 0 9.00
Ravindra Jadeja 1 1 11 0 11.00
Super Over: Mumbai Innings
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Jos Buttler caught Kishan, bowled Faulkner 1 (2) 0 0 50.00
Kieron Pollard caught Finch, bowled Faulkner 10 (3) 1 1 333.33
Rohit Sharma not out 0 (0) 0 0 0.00
Extras: 0
Super Over: Gujarat Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken  
James Faulkner 0.5 2 11 2
Super Over: Gujarat Innings
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Aaron Finch not out 1 (4) 0 0 25.00
Brendon McCullum not out 1 (3) 0 0 33.33
Extras: 4 (1 no-ball, 1 wide, 1 bye, and 1 leg bye)
Super Over: Mumbai Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken  
Jasprit Bumrah 1 4 0 0



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